beauty and THE BIT https://www.beautyandthebit.com evoking architectural spaces through images Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:46:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/wp-content/uploads/favicon-150x150.jpg beauty and THE BIT https://www.beautyandthebit.com 32 32 Landmark: The Journey https://www.beautyandthebit.com/landmark-the-journey/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:41:50 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13753 LANDMARK was our first serious short film. It was entirely created in our offices, conceived as a non-commercial Project and we needed to preserve an Indie approach since we didn´t want to have any artistic limitation. We would be our own clients. We had some big limitations such as time and money. The project had […]

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LANDMARK was our first serious short film. It was entirely created in our offices, conceived as a non-commercial Project and we needed to preserve an Indie approach since we didn´t want to have any artistic limitation. We would be our own clients.

We had some big limitations such as time and money. The project had to be done in spare time and we don´t have too much of that (believe me). Regarding money, the expenses of the Project should be 0 (or around zero) since we were not going to be paid at all for this.
What we wanted to achieve with LANDMARK? Basically bringing a cinematographic experience to architectural animation…

We at Beauty and The Bit are obsessed with cinema. We love the cinematographic language and the deep storytelling we can find at it. We thought…what if we try to bring that strong storytelling to architectural animation?, what if we conceive a short film which could be the teaser of a movie…but at the same time that spoke of architecture….?
We tried to bring these elements from cinema to LANDMARK. Tried to implement that smart composition element, color language and a strong storyline that we can find in good movies.

LANDMARK preproduction phase was really decisive as in any other creative process.
This is the most important moment of the whole experience.
It is where you define what is going to be, it is when you dream out the project, so if you work hard at this point you can craft something splendid or you can completely ruin it.

LANDMARK has 3 main characters we could say and all of them have the same importance to us: Architecture, Landscape & the main Character himself.

Architecture was a main character on the movie so we needed to design something that was suitable to our needs.
We started investigating in some rough shapes, we wanted something imposing and edgy. We came across some brutalist architecture. Really essentialist in terms of shape and also with a really big scale. We wanted to avoid friendly architecture and go towards a more threatening proposal. Something dared and not so politically correct in these days we live in.

For the Environment we made a lot of research and we wanted something that was recognizable as a real place on earth, since even the film is quite dreamy and atmospheric we didn´t want to go excessively SciFi.
We also needed to emphasize the sense of scale, it had to be a really extensive landscape which transmitted a sense of isolation.
It had to convey at the same time a notion of calmness but also of solitude and melancholy.
We imagined something rocky, sharp and edgy, something aligned with the building design, something full of edges and unpolished.
We wanted also something very specific for the color palette, something really neutral in color.
This inevitably led us to a place on earth that can convey all these emotions and it was Iceland.

I won´t go too far regarding the technical resolution for the film, but generally we tried to use our common sense and as in big cinema productions approach we tried to trick the eye as much as possible and not overdoing production unnecessarily. It was completely nonsense for long shots to replicate everything in CG since we didn’t have the time and obviously matte painting and camera projecting them was quite easier and more effective. Obviously comping and adding atmospherics to these shots helped a lot giving varnish to everything.
Regarding Post-Production we preferred the raw renders pretty flat in terms of effects, that were treated in post since you can save lots of time and provides you with more flexibility and also the possibility of changing things much faster.


We made normally a first color correction but afterwards it was graded in the final edition. In that grading phase the goal is to glue all together with similar values in terms of contrast and also color to make it look more homogeneous so you feel that all belongs to the same movie.
As a wrap up I have to say LANDMARK has been an incredible ride which made us grow as artists and that it has deserved every minute invested on it. In fact it has already given its fruits and Beauty and The Bit is already collaborating in new and exciting projects to be announced soon.
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C.F. Møller wins a competition for a new building for Landsbankinn. https://www.beautyandthebit.com/c-f-moller-wins-competition-new-building-landsbankinn/ Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:06:52 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13595 Kudos to C.F.Moller since they won a competition for a new building for the Icelandic bank, Landsbankinn. It´s always a thrill to have the opportunity to search the good angles for such an exciting design. The raw Icelandic nature, the basic language of the volcanic basalt stone, the horizontal layers of the rock, and the […]

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Kudos to C.F.Moller since they won a competition for a new building for the Icelandic bank, Landsbankinn.
It´s always a thrill to have the opportunity to search the good angles for such an exciting design.
The raw Icelandic nature, the basic language of the volcanic basalt stone, the horizontal layers of the rock, and the atmosphere of the caves and clefts have been a source of inspiration in the design of the project.The building is intended to be a house for the whole city, looking to connect with Reykjavik’s citizens and historic urban fabric. Internally, the bank’s office spaces are placed into four complex houses. The different houses come together to function as one rational building, adapted to the site and oriented towards key views to the sea, Harpa Concert Hall and Arnarhóll Park, a significant gathering place in Reykjavik. The two tallest houses host internal atria, ensuring daylight deep into the structure, with the two lowest houses providing ample glazing and connections to external terraces and gardens.
The internal organization of the building is aligned with Landsbankinn’s vision of a living and outward-looking public realm which interacts with and includes the entire city. The majority of the public functions are located on the ground floor and along the building’s façade, activating a new pedestrian street leading to Harpa Concert Hall. Internally, a sheltered public passage links these new facilities, becoming a new natural shortcut in the city.

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C.F. MØLLER WINS VIA UNIVERSITY https://www.beautyandthebit.com/c-f-moller-wins-via-university/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:12:38 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13560 C.F. Møller and C.F. Møller Landscape’s proposal for the new VIA University (30,000 m²) and the Innovation House (5,000 m²) has been nominated as the winner of a major architectural competition. This is the wording of the adjudicators’ report on the recently completed architectural competition for a large element of Campus Horsens. The new VIA […]

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C.F. Møller and C.F. Møller Landscape’s proposal for the new VIA University (30,000 m²) and the Innovation House (5,000 m²) has been nominated as the winner of a major architectural competition.
This is the wording of the adjudicators’ report on the recently completed architectural competition for a large element of Campus Horsens.

The new VIA University College and Innovation House, comprising 35,000 m² in total, will together constitute close to half of the new combined campus area in Horsens, which CASA A/S in 2015 won the right to develop, with Horsens Municipality as the client.

The new VIA and Innovation House will be built at Horsens’ railway station and the overall area will be called Campus Horsens. C.F. Møller’s winning project was chosen by a panel of jury experts, educational institutions, Horsens Municipality and Casa.

A key idea in C.F. Møller and C.F. Møller Landscape’s overall project for VIA is to create a venue that meets the city, and which opens up to society with an active, youthful energy flow. There was a wish to create a campus that is an image of how a modern, knowledge-based society should be formed in the future – as a venue that is wise, open, in close proximity, creative, heterogeneous, individual, and with a strong bond to the city and society.

“VIA and Innovation House are establishing a vibrant built-up environment that in a varied design idiom – and with great diversity – will invite us inside, calling on us to combine and relate knowledge and ideas across the board, and to open up and reach out,” is how Michael Kruse describes the project.

“It stands as a combination of individual building sections, each with its own identity, and as one overall college with a high degree of flexibility and great spatial and content-based diversity. VIA and the Innovation House are built up according to the clear aim of establishing a robust construction concept that due to its simplicity and rational design can be achieved within the economic framework and ensure that the college – with its great flexibility – can adapt to future changes and programme adjustments, without undermining its architectural qualities,” Michael Kruse says.

All the lads here in Beauty and The Bit feel glad about this new win in our trajectory.

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http://www.cfmoller.com/g/-en/C-F-Moeller-wins-VIA-University-College-in-Horsens-i16710.html

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DISTRICT E Stationsplein Eindhoven https://www.beautyandthebit.com/district-e-stationsplein-eindhoven/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:21:37 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13421 Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with landscape architect ZUS and developer Amvest, won DISTRICT E Stationsplein Eindhoven. An invited competition for a 70,000 m2 mixed use building right next to the central station of Eindhoven. In Powerhouse Company’s winning design, three slender towers fan out to generous plinths. The complex combines a varied residential program with […]

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Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with landscape architect ZUS and developer Amvest, won DISTRICT E Stationsplein Eindhoven. An invited competition for a 70,000 m2 mixed use building right next to the central station of Eindhoven. In Powerhouse Company’s winning design, three slender towers fan out to generous plinths. The complex combines a varied residential program with an array of (semi-)public amenities ranging from hotel to work/meeting spaces, a student study centre, shops, restaurants and exhibition spaces.
DISTRICT E is an ensemble of three mixed use towers that form a new city plaza. From an urban point of view, the ensemble strikes a balance between the fine 17th century tissue of the old Eindhoven centre to the south and the 20th century, large-scale buildings lining the railway. From the fully public and richly programmed plinth, terraced setbacks gently introduce three slender towers. The design ensures that the Eindhoven station, a national monument, is honoured by giving it space and relating to its scale. An essential and defining gesture in the design is the diagonal axis that visually connects the station and the ‘Philipstoren’, a monument and symbol of Eindhoven’s industrial and technological heritage. This axis cuts through the ensemble and in-so-doing linking the station’s square, the new city plaza and the ’18 September’ square like a set of beads on a thread.
Equally, from an conceptual point of view the ensemble of towers create a dynamic and iconic silhouette that represents of Eindhoven as ‘Brainport’ and capital of the ‘Smartest Region in the World’. All this without forgetting to absorb and embrace the Eindhoven city life.
The flexible construction and installation technology of District E anticipates the future growth of Eindhoven as a sustainable, innovative and economic hotspot. The seamless integration of architecture and landscape design guarantees a new public space filled with activity and a wide spectrum of green spaces.

Our first collaboartion with Powerhouse payed dues. Champagne for everyone!

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KOHT Arkitekter wins NTNU Campus https://www.beautyandthebit.com/koht-arkitekter-wins-ntnu-campus/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:22:22 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13124 KOHT Arkitekter has won an international competition to expand one of Norway’s s largest university campuses in Trondheim. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim launched their masterplan competition in December last year, setting the deadline for the first stage in January 2017. The emerging studio, consisting of Anders Olivarius Bjærneseth (27), […]

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KOHT Arkitekter has won an international competition to expand one of Norway’s s largest university campuses in Trondheim. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim launched their masterplan competition in December last year, setting the deadline for the first stage in January 2017. The emerging studio, consisting of Anders Olivarius Bjærneseth (27), Kenneth Larssen Lønning (25), Jonas Velken Kverneland (27) and Christopher Wilkens (32) beat 39 competing proposals before winning in the two-stage competition.
Compiling a total of 120 000 square meters, the expansion of the university will take place in the period of 2016-2025. Approximately 40 proposals were submitted, before the jury announced KOHT Architects the winner of the two stage competition.
The assignment was to create an overall conceptual structure for the campus by collocation of its existing facilities within the competition area, the area west of the existing campus Gløshaugen.
“The proposal substantiates the intention to create a unifying campus. The academic community is unified, and the concentration of the overall structure is making the campus accessible with short distances between these different communities.”, the jury stated in their concluding report.
Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, and home to some of the country’s leading science, technology and medical institutions including various campuses of the NTNU, Sør Trøndelag University College and St Olavs University Hospital. The brief for the new proposal was to create a conceptual new structure for the campus while integrating existing facilities within the competition area. The area to be transformed is west of the existing main campus in Gløshaugen, totaling 120,000 square meters.

It was really a pleasure to help out the guys from Koht to win this competition on Norway´s largest university campus. Simple yet effective design which led this young and talented studio to strike the gold.
Clear the road for the new generations of architects!

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Shanghai Library Competition https://www.beautyandthebit.com/shanghai-library/ https://www.beautyandthebit.com/shanghai-library/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:42:21 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=108 It is being positively an interesting year for Schmidt Hammer Lassen in China (and in addition for us). They have managed to win really impressive competitions there and this Shanghai Library is no exception. Their proposal saw off competition from Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominque Perrault to win the prestigious commission after a 6 […]

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It is being positively an interesting year for Schmidt Hammer Lassen in China (and in addition for us).
They have managed to win really impressive competitions there and this Shanghai Library is no exception.
Their proposal saw off competition from Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominque Perrault to win the prestigious commission after a 6 month two stage process.
We guess that we do “our magic” best when the communication is simple and we feel trusted about the art direction we suggest.
Thanks all the Shanghai Crew out there for the trust and the creative freedom you provided us with. For sure we´ll win some more this next year eventually. 🙂
The new 110,000 m² Shanghai Library will be located in Pudong District – the area of the city known for its iconic skyline, and will sit immediately next to Century Park –the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares. The project is conceived as a singular monolithic object floating above the tree canopy within the park. The main library volume floats above two pavilions that will house a 1200 seat performance venue, exhibition and events space and a dedicated children’s library, that will all open up towards a series of landscaped courtyards and gardens.
Shanghai is currently the most populous city in the world with nearly 25 million inhabitants, and has a central library system that dates back to 1847.
The library volume is carved and twisted to reflect the surrounding park and sky, and continuously clad in a facade of clear, insulated and fritted glass. The glass panels are arranged in horizontal bands that are angled to minimise solar glare in addition to horizontal louvres – allowing unobstructed panoramic views to the park and city beyond.
The library itself is organised around a grand central atrium in the form of three staggered reading rooms that open up and connect to various parts of the library and various contextual parts of the city from Century Park to the east, a new library park to the south and the city to the north and west.

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James Turrel & SHL: Aros Museum https://www.beautyandthebit.com/james-turrel-aros-museum/ https://www.beautyandthebit.com/james-turrel-aros-museum/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:44:37 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=110 James Turrell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen are collaborating together to design the new extension to the Aros Museum in Denmark. The project, named ‘the next level’ will feature a 1,200 sqm subterranean gallery and two semi-subterranean art installations by Turrell – ‘the sphere’ and ‘the dome’ – all of which would be integrated into the […]

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James Turrell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen are collaborating together to design the new extension to the Aros Museum in Denmark. The project, named ‘the next level’ will feature a 1,200 sqm subterranean gallery and two semi-subterranean art installations by Turrell – ‘the sphere’ and ‘the dome’ – all of which would be integrated into the museum’s existing building fabric.
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark, headed by its visionary director Erland G. Høyersten, has revealed an ambitious expansion plan aiming to bring the museum into the world elite of modern art museums. The Next Level expansion project is leading art towards new ways of expressions and content with an exciting collaboration with World famous American artist, James Turrell. The new extension to the museum will contain a 1,200 m² subterranean gallery and two semi-subterranean art installations The Sphere and The Dome.
From ancient times, the dome appears to be in Architecture a general symbol, signifying power, the royal city and the focal point of assembly. Architects in Christian and Muslim countries succeeded in building majestic churches and mosques with a dome, becoming master pieces admired by their beauty. Today, The Dome at ARoS, with its 40 meters in diameter will form one of the most spectacular spaces ever built into an art museum.
The new extension connects to the existing building, visitors will access the underground artwork via the current special exhibition foyer.
The Next Level project is organized as a horizontal travel through a series of galleries and spaces that complement the disposition of ARoS as we know it today with about 1/3 of its floors located fully or partially below ground. The Next Level project allows you to make a journey in a completely new dimension, a horizontal travel that brings the visitor into a string of galleries and exhibition spaces. It stretches almost 120 meters below the surface out to the last space of The Dome.
We have to admit that facing a project that mixes Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and American artist James Turrell in the new Aros Museum extension gives your job an extra responsibility. You have to verify that there is a right alignment between your imagery and James distinctive Ganzfelds and installations.
We hope we made justice to him and also to our good friends at Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

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COBE wins a competition to design Kronløb Island https://www.beautyandthebit.com/kronlob-island/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:49:46 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13315 Kronløb Island is an entirely new island in the existing Kronløb water basin in Nordhavnen in Copenhagen. The island will serve as a stepping-stone between two new neighbourhoods in the future city district and will break up the harbour basin into a number of intimate canals. Kronløb Island will include the area’s biggest parking facility […]

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Kronløb Island is an entirely new island in the existing Kronløb water basin in Nordhavnen in Copenhagen. The island will serve as a stepping-stone between two new neighbourhoods in the future city district and will break up the harbour basin into a number of intimate canals. Kronløb Island will include the area’s biggest parking facility – a three-story underwater car park – as well as two new urban spaces in direct contact with the water, three new bridges and a monolithic housing volume with unique and varied housing qualities surrounding an intimate green heart. The monolithic architecture refers to the geological processes that have shaped the Danish landscape and islands for thousands of years and enhances the story of Kronløb Island as a unique new island in Denmark – a monolith carved from one stone.
The introduction of the island into the harbor will break up the expanse of water, providing a median point between two burgeoning city districts. Its presence will also facilitate a series of intimate canals that wind between the built areas.
Kronløb Island will include the area’s biggest parking facility – a three-story underwater car park – as well as two new urban spaces in direct contact with the water, three new bridges and a monolithic housing volume with unique and varied housing qualities surrounding an intimate green heart.
The island has been conceived as a geographic formation similar to the Danish landscape and naturally occurring islands. This is expressed not only by its volumetric weight, but also through the chosen material of stone and the striated arrangement of the facades. COBE described the island as “a monolith carved from one stone”.
It´s never been an easy task building an island.
Kudos to Cobe Denmark because they will do it!
COBE, together with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Sted and Rambøll, wins the competition for Kronløbsøen – a new island in the Inner Nordhavn district in Copenhagen, including 30,000 m2 of housing, two urban spaces, three bridges and a three-storey underwater car park.
Champagne for everyone…

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Nanhai Cultural Center by SHL https://www.beautyandthebit.com/nanhai-cultural-center/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:34:43 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13325 Schmidt Hammer Lassen´s design proposal for the new ambitious Nanhai Cultural Center sits in the heart of the south Chinese city of Foshan. Located 45km West of Guangzhou, where the city is aiming to create a combination of Library, Arts, Education and Cultural performance space in the heart of Foshan’s existing Thousand Lantern Lake Park designed […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen´s design proposal for the new ambitious Nanhai Cultural Center sits in the heart of the south Chinese city of Foshan. Located 45km West of Guangzhou, where the city is aiming to create a combination of Library, Arts, Education and Cultural performance space in the heart of Foshan’s existing Thousand Lantern Lake Park designed by US Landscape Architects SWA.
The project is formed by five crystal shaped marble clad volumes that come together to form a singular development representing the cultural heart of the city’s urban core.
The resulting composition of buildings creates a large-scale shaded urban park that can host a series of external activities.
Their proposal aims to create a shaded space that will encourage activity to happen during the day and to also complement the active programs in the Library, the Museum, and the Exhibition and Education spaces.
The site for the project is located adjacent to the Qiandeng Lake Park which forms an important green space in the city. As a popular destination for the community, the park provides large areas of shaded areas where a variety of outdoor public activities and events take place. Our proposal aims to extend these park activities into the site and accommodate a variety of cultural, civic and social programs for the community.

We are proud to present our last collaboration with SHL Architects.
Obviously this mix between some giant gem-shaped volumes and the reinterpretation of the sandcrawlers could only bring some impressive pictures.
Yes, we really love drama…and we are back on the block.

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New Amsterdam Courthouse Competition Win https://www.beautyandthebit.com/new-amsterdam-courthouse-competition-win/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:53:31 +0000 https://www.beautyandthebit.com/?p=13327 The New Amsterdam Courthouse will be located at the intersection of the Zuidas and Parnassusweg. The preliminary design is a stately, open structure which offers both employees and visitors views over the city, and passers-by the opportunity to engage with the building. The courthouse building will be exemplary in its efficiency, like the organisation itself, […]

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The New Amsterdam Courthouse will be located at the intersection of the Zuidas and Parnassusweg.
The preliminary design is a stately, open structure which offers both employees and visitors views over the city, and passers-by the opportunity to engage with the building.
The courthouse building will be exemplary in its efficiency, like the organisation itself, and be part of the daily life surrounding it. Natural design consequences of this are the big windows at the ground floor as well as the entrance courtyard for public use. The city’s streets merge with the layout of the building. The forecourt, the central hall and its foyers, and the waiting areas for visitors are an extension of urban space.
Just off the central hall, the building will have two independent structures with 50 courtrooms and council chambers, while the large ground-floor courtroom has been designed with a direct access route. The building will have several green spaces: an enclosed garden, vertical gardens, a sunken garden and large terrace.

Cowabunga!…Although we missed the media wave since it was announced officially some weeks ago, we have to congratulate our good friends of KAAN for this win. It´s evident that they love one point perspective as a trademark and judging the results it works really well for them.

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